Notable New Atlases
There's a range of new atlas offerings coming out this month.
The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
Complete with a slipcase and stunning 1922 archive world map, a newly revised and updated special signature edition of the world's most prestigious and authoritative world atlas -- with the largest gazatteer available. Now in its 13th edition, all the maps and detailed thematic information are completely updated with the latest geographical and geopolitical changes--an estimated 20,000 updates with 3,500 changes to place names alone. GCB October Special on this atlas: regularly $200.00, on sale for $145.00!
Oxford Atlas of the World
With the pace of change accelerating ever more rapidly each year--in population, climate, national borders, and many other areas--an out-of-date atlas can present a markedly inaccurate view of the world. Oxford's Atlas of the World is the only atlas of its type to be updated annually, offering the most current statistics, maps, images, and global information available today.
Filled with crisp cartography, spectacular satellite photographs, and a wealth of information on changing conditions around the planet, the Atlas of the World maps 69 cities and nearly 100 different regions at carefully selected scales to give a striking view of the Earth's surface. GCB October Special on this atlas: regularly $89.95, on sale for $71.96!
National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World
Based on feedback from more than 100 professors, educational reviewers, and other consultants, National Geographic has added special thematic map spreads addressing each Continental Economy. Within each continent, physical, political, and regional mapping is presented at the same scale, which allows the reader to compare map information easily and accurately. (August 2011)
Barefoot Books World Atlas
recommended for ages 8 to 10
Divided by geographical region, the Barefoot Books World Atlas looks at the way in which communities and cultures across the world have been shaped by their natural environment, and at the ideas and initiatives which are shaping the future. An atlas for the twenty-first century, it shows how all parts of the planet are interconnected and looks at the challenges which face us all in creating a sustainable future. (November 2011)
Special Themed Atlases
The New Atlas of World History: Global Events at a Glance
by John Haywood
Ideal for quick reference or for an authoritative overview of the human story, "The New Atlas of World History" provides an unrivaled global perspective on pivotal moments throughout history, from the origins and distribution of early humans to the shifting balance of world power today. Features 55 stunning full-color maps. Includes 48 illustrated timelines, concise text, and an extensive glossary. (October 2011)
Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture: Travel Edition
A condensed version of the "Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture," this travel edition is pocket sized and portable, ideal for the holiday or business traveler. Organized geographically and illustrated with global, sub-regional and city maps, the buildings are easily located. The book contains over 1,000 buildings including 50 new projects, each of which is illustrated with a single image and accompanied by a brief description, with addresses, websites and telephone numbers. (October 2011)
Atlas of Bird Migration:
Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
by Jonathan Elphick
Every year, billions of birds leave their North American breeding grounds for winter quarters thousands of miles south. That so many birds migrate so far through life-threatening conditions and to the same place each year is simply stunning.
This lavishly illustrated book provides comprehensive information on migration and its great mystery: How do the birds know where to go? The latest scientific discoveries are explained, and a comprehensive directory presents accurate profiles and chronicles the migratory routes of more than 500 typical migrant species. (August 2011)
October Destination of the Month:
All Books and Maps on South American destinations are 15% off during the month of October.
This newsletter spotlights some notable titles for Colombia and Patagonia. For our full selection, visit the South America section of the Globe Corner web site:
Focus on Colombia:
You know a travel destination has gone "mainstream" when The Boston Globe devotes the front page of its Sunday Travel section to it -- as they did to a few weeks ago for a piece mostly focused on the Caribbean coast of Colombia around Cartagena.
Globe Corner customers have been aware for a few years about the positive changes underway in Colombia and the great travel experiences that abound there. See our store blog for some past "reports from the field" about Cartagena and Bogotá.
Michelin Green Guide Colombia
Visiting Colombia in 2009 and 2010, we were struck by the large number of Europeans visiting Colombia compared to North Americans. So it came as no surprise that Michelin jumped out ahead of some of the large North American travel publishers in releasing the Green Guide last spring.
Bradt Guide to Colombia
by Sarah Woods
The second edition of Sarah Woods well-researched guide is scheduled for January 2012 and will be along with the Footprint Guide below, for the early spring 2012 at least, the most up-to-date guide to the country.
Colombia Handbook (4th edition due in January 2012)
Footprint Handbooks, the UK publisher of the iconic South American Handbook, has been a leading publisher on South American destinations for decades. Some travellers find the series' organization and style less transparently easy to use - but the series does offer a nice alternative to Lonely Planet and Bradt.
Culture Smart Guide to Colombia
The Culture Smart series provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. Published April 2011.
Birds of Colombia
by William Brown & Steven Hilty
Colombia's long period of instability obscured for travellers the fact that it is one of the premier birding destinations in the world. Describing all of Colombia's birds, Steven Hilty and William Brown bring together information on one of the world's largest avifaunas-nearly 1,700 species. Over half of all the species of birds in South America are included, making the book useful in regions adjacent to Colombia, as well as in the country itself.
Secret History of Costaguana
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
"One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature"
--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel García Márquez
Colombia's greatest literary export, Nobel Prize winner Marquez's work is set in the lush, steamy Caribbean coast of Colombia.
"This shining and heartbreaking novel may be one of the greatest love stories ever told."
--The New York Times Book Review
Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia's Invisible War
by June Carolyn Erlick
Until recently for foreign visitors, Colombia was a nightmare of drugs and violence. Yet normal life went on there, and, in Bogotá, it was even possible to forget that war still ravaged parts of the countryside. This paradox of perceptions - outsiders' fears versus insiders' realities - drew June Carolyn Erlick (Editor-in-Chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America) back to Bogotá for a year's stay in 2005. She wanted to understand how the city she first came to love in 1975 has made such strides toward building a peaceful civil society in the midst of ongoing violence.
ITM Colombia Traveler's Road Map
The best road map available at the moment for the country. Scale is 1:2,000,000.
Focus on Patagonia:
The key mountain passes in the Torres del Paine circuit start to clear out in late November -- so if you're planning on doing the spectacular week+ trek, it's not too soon to begin planning.
Patagonia Moon Handbook
by Wayne Bernhardson
3rd edition due late October/early November
Veteran travel writer & GCB favorite Wayne Bernhardson covers the best sights and adventures that Patagonia has to offer, from viewing the jagged peaks of Cuernos del Paine and hiking on Argentina's Moreno Glacier to visiting Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Bernhardson also offers various trip strategies, including The Andean Lakes Loop and The Natural History Tour.
Torres Del Paine: Trekking Chile's Premier National Park
by Rudolph Abraham
From the Cicerone Guides series.
The Torres del Paine Circuit within Chile's premier national park is one of the world's truly great hikes, an epic journey through magnificent mountain scenery. Cicerone, the outstanding UK trekking guide publisher has produced the essential reference for the hike. Published December 2010.
by Bruce Chatwin
This "little masterpiece of travel, history, and adventure" (The New York Times) is Bruce Chatwick's exquisite account of his journey through the "uppermost part of the earth"
by Zagier & Urruty
Covers southern half of Argentina and Chile.
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Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi
by Steve Inskeep The co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition" explores how the epic migration of mega-cities has transformed one of the world's most intriguing instant cities: Karachi, Pakistan. Drawing on interviews with a broad cross-section of Karachi residents, Inskeep has created a vibrant and nuanced portrait of the forces competing to shape the future of one of the world's fastest growing cities.
Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
by Ferran Adria
"The Family Meal" contains 31 menus and 93 recipes for the simple, tasty dishes that the elBulli staff eat for dinner. Includes step-by-step instructions showing cooks how to make everyday classics, featuring quick and cost-effective menus to cook for two, six, 20, or 75 people.
The Wandering Falcon
by Jamil Ahmad
Jamil Ahmad's new novel is an unforgettable portrait of a world of custom and compassion, of love and cruelty - of the life in the wild, astonishing place where Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan meet-the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It is a formidable world, and the people who live there are constantly subjected to extremes-of place and of culture.
by Jennifer Wilson
Jim and Jennifer Wilson had always dreamed of taking a family sabbatical in another country, so when they lost half their savings in the stock-market crash, it seemed like just a crazy enough time to do it. The family packed up and left the troubled landscape of contemporary America for the Croatian mountain village of Mrkopalj, in the land of Jennifer's ancestors.
by Erin Byers Murray
In March of 2009, Erin Byers Murray ditched her pampered city girl lifestyle. She convinced the rowdy and mostly male crew at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to let a completely unprepared, aquaculture-illiterate food and lifestyle writer work for them for 12 months to learn the business of oysters.
by Michael Lewis
The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.
Travels In Siberia
by Ian Frazier
Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explore s many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth.
"Dubious meals, vehicle malfunctions and relics of the Gulag fill Frazier's uproarious, sometimes dark account of his wanderings." (New York Times Notable Book 2010)
The Rum Diary
by Hu nter S. Thompson
Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thomps on, "The Rum Diary" is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s.
Fidel and Gabo : A Portrait of the Legendary Friendship
by Stephanie Panichelli & Angel Esteban
Few contemporary writers are more revered by Americans than Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel prize-winning author of Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. And few political leaders are more controversial than Fidel Castro. Yet these two seemingly disparate men are close friends. What could possibly unite these two men in friendship?
Best American Travel Writing 2011 edited by Sloane Çrosley
The well-traveled Sloane Crosley, author of the New York Times bestseller I" Was Told There'd be Cake," helms this year's annual collection of the genre's gems -- always on the final "top 10" seller list at the Globe Corner.
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